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Searcy native Heath Wyatt added to Texas League All-Star roster

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (SpringfieldCardinals.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Monday that Springfield Cardinals All-Star RHP Deryk Hooker has been transferred to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA). Replacing Hooker on the Texas League North Division All-Star Team will be Cardinals RHP Heath Wyatt (left).

Hooker, 24, has gone 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA and five saves through 29 relief outings with Springfield this season. He has struck out 45 batters and walked only six through 37.1 total frames. The San Diego, California native has spent parts of the last three seasons in Springfield, and will be making his Triple A debut with Memphis. Hooker was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2007 June Draft out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego.

Wyatt, 24, has gone 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 relief outings since joining Springfield from High-A Palm Beach on May 27. The Searcy, Arkansas native has struck out 10 batters, not issued a single walk and only allowed four runs on 13 hits through 13.1 total innings of work. Wyatt has not allowed a single run since June 11 against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, compiling a scoreless streak of five outings and 6.1 innings. A Midwest League Midseason All-Star a year ago, Wyatt was selected by the Cardinals in the 33rd round of the 2011 June Draft out of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Wyatt joins 3B Ruben Gotay, LF Mike O'Neill, OF Chris Swauger, LHP Tim Cooney and RHP Kevin Thomas as Cardinals on the North Division All-Star Team. Also selected as All-Stars but unavailable to play in the game are Hooker, RHP Keith Butler (currently with St. Louis) and OF Tommy Pham (currently with Memphis).

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